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Engaging citizen curators

An innovative exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery features 50 works from Penn’s art collection chosen by the public in a crowdsourced exhibition. More than 600 people voted for their favorite to be included in “Citizen Salon,” on display through March 24.

Louisa Shepard

Podcast series charts a path for Latin Americans in science

Concerned about the scarcity of Latin Americans in scientific careers, doctoral students Kevin Alicea-Torres and Enrique Lin-Shiao took action to prime the pump. On their Spanish-language podcast, “Caminos en Ciencia,” they chat with Latinx scientists who discuss their career paths and provide advice for young scientists-to-be.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Pigment and parchment

Undergraduate and graduate students were paired with visiting scholars during a Penn Libraries workshop to paint illustrations like those in centuries-old illuminated manuscripts.

Louisa Shepard

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.

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The Athletic

Tales from the Palestra: Big 5 icons tell their favorite stories from the old arena

LeBron, spectators throwing streamers, and others sneaking in through window—reflections on the Palestra’s storied history.

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Generocity

Stretch your charitable dollar with Penn’s 2019 High Impact Giving Guide

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released its annual giving guide. This year, the guide focused on three main areas: “Those recovering from substance abuse, hard-to-reach communities lacking basic healthcare, and students at various stages of life at risk of being left behind.”

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Bloomberg News

Obamacare architect reacts to federal judge ruling ACA unconstitutional

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel commented on a recent ruling that found the Affordable Care Act and its enrollment mandate to be unconstitutional. “People don’t like going without health care insurance. The big barrier isn’t compulsion; the big barrier is it’s very expensive and hard to afford,” said Emanuel.

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Yahoo!

What are LASIK surgery complications and how often do they happen?

Penn Medicine’s Mina Massaro-Giordano discussed potential side effects from LASIK eye surgery. “When nerves are cut, as they are with LASIK, there are some people with severely damaged nerves that can experience intense pain,” Massaro-Giordano said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

From snowflake students to outspoken professors: Why protecting campus speech matters

Sigal Ben-Porath of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences penned an op-ed about free speech in academia. “The problem is that these institutions, protective of free speech as they tend to be, are beholden to outside stakeholders who do not always understand the role that open expression plays on campus and how it is used to promote the broader mission of higher education.”

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The Atlantic

The other way the National Enquirer helped elect Trump

The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Kathleen Hall Jamieson discussed the role of tabloids in shaping the 2016 election. “Even as we look at extreme content and say, ‘That’s ridiculous, I dismiss that,’ it changes our sense of where the middle of the distribution of the content is,” she said. “It pushes open our acceptance of extreme content.”

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The New York Times

Risky home loans are making a comeback. Are they right for you?

The Wharton School’s Susan Wachter discussed the risks of more complicated home loans, like interest-only adjustable-rate mortgages. “If you do need to sell to move or get a better job, or your own financial circumstances change, having a mortgage that exceeds the value of the home will put you in a spot,” said Wachter.

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The Washington Post

How tech workers are fueling a new employee activism movement

The Wharton School’s Peter Cappelli said that tech workers may feel more empowered to critique their employers because their labor is in high demand. “They also feel that some of their identity is tied up with the image of the company where they work, so it really does hurt them when that image gets tarnished,” said Cappelli.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The media’s holiday suicide myth will never die

Daniel Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center offered commentary on decades of erroneous claims that suicide rates increase during the holiday season. “It looks like this myth will not go away. Ever,” said Romer.

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